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Russian football loses appeals against UEFA and FIFA bans — RT Sport News


The Russian Football Union (RFU) had fought to overturn bans from FIFA and UEFA competitions

The Russian Football Union (RFU) and a quartet of Russian football clubs have had their appeals against UEFA and FIFA bans dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

The sports court announced the decision in a statement on Friday after the RFU and clubs challenged the ban imposed by FIFA and UEFA on February 28 following the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.

“The appeals brought by the [Russian Football Union] against the decisions taken on 28 February 2022 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council (FIFA’s appeal) and the UEFA Executive Committee (UEFA’s appeal) to suspend all teams and clubs participation in their respective competitions until further notice have been rejected and the disputed decisions are confirmed”, the decision read.


Appeals by Russian clubs Zenit Saint Petersburg, Sochi, CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Moscow against the suspension of UEFA competitions were also rejected.

Explaining its decisions, CAS said its panel determined that “The escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the responses of the public and governments around the world, have created unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances to which FIFA and UEFA have had to respond.

“In determining that Russian teams and clubs should not participate in competitions under their auspices while such circumstances persist, the Panel considered that both parties [FIFA and UEFA] acted within the discretion given to them under their respective laws and regulations,” he added.

“In so ruling, the Panel considered that it was not necessary to characterize the nature of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but only to focus on the consequences of such a conflict for the competitions concerned.

“The Panel finds it regrettable that the ongoing military operations in Ukraine, for which Russian football teams, clubs and players themselves have no responsibility, have had, due to the decisions of FIFA and the UEFA had such a negative effect on them and on Russian football generally, but these effects were, in the opinion of the Committee, outweighed by the need for a safe and orderly conduct of football events for the rest of the world.

The news is a blow to hopes of Russia’s reintegration into European and world football.

Initial rulings by FIFA and UEFA have prevented the Russian men’s national team from attempting to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to be held later this year, while the Russian women’s team has been withdrawn from the current UEFA European Championships. In England.

UEFA has also banned Russian clubs from participating in competitions such as the prestigious Champions League, announcing in early May that the suspension would run for at least the entire 2022/23 season.

Russian football authorities have denounced the bans as discriminatory and the result of political pressure allowed to undermine sporting principles.

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